Report: Germany green lights sale of 3 submarines to Israel

A German newspaper reported that Germany’s National Security Council has approved the sale of three state-of-the-art submarines to Israel. However, the council clarified that if the corruption allegations regarding the deal are substantiated, the deal will be nullified.
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As the police investigation in Israel into the corruption scandal involving the submarine acquisition deal between the German company ThyssenKrupp and Israel comes to an end, Germany’s National Security Council approved the sale of the three state-of-the-art submarines, according to the Germany newspaper Der Spiegel. The council clarified that if the corruption suspicions turn out to be true in Germany or Israel, the deal will be canceled.

The $1.5 billion deal was approved during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Germany. Israel has already purchased five submarines from Germany and if the deal goes through, Israel will have a total of eight submarines from the European country. Police investigations into the serious corruption allegations surrounding the deal were launched in both Germany and Israel a few months ago.

Earlier this week, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee announced that it will review the police findings regarding the investigation. After the committee discusses the findings, it will hand over its recommendations to the head of the committee in charge of the submarine deal investigation, clarified Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee head Avi Dichter.

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